“The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development.” ~Jim Rohn
If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with personal growth and development! I have been intentionally growing and developing myself for ten years. It has made an incredible impact on my life. In fact, if I could sit down with you over a cup of coffee and give you on piece of advice, it would be to develop a plan for personal growth. I wrote about how to grow in a post on the “Hot Poker Principle” here.
I challenge you to spend one hour a day in personal development. That hour can be spent reading a book, listening to a podcast, journaling, praying, going to an event, or meeting with a mentor.
When I bring this challenge up to people, I always get push back, “I don’t have an hour to invest in myself, are you crazy?”
I do not think I am crazy. I think you are crazy not to spend at least an hour a day growing! Some of the most successful and busiest people on the planet find time to spend on personal growth and development, if they can do it, so can you.
Here are four ways to find the time you need to grow to your maximum potential:
1.) Recognize what season of life you are in
If you are a teenager and twenty something without a spouse you have all the time in the world to grow and develop. In my early twenties, I would spend 1-2 hours each night listening to leadership lessons. Once you get married, you will have to make adjustments and adapt your plan. Once kids come, you will have to change and adapt again.
As your level of life responsibility increases, the amount of time you are able to devote to personal growth and development decreases, therefore, you have to become extremely intentional about making it happen. Which leads me to number two…
2.) Schedule time for Growth
The older I get, the more I realize that if I don’t schedule something, it will not get done. If you do not schedule time for growth, you won’t do it! You should have personal growth, monthly mentoring meetings, and growth events scheduled on your calendar.
For me, I schedule 5 a.m. – 6 a.m. for personal growth everyday. At 5 a.m. everyday, you will find me spending one hour on personal growth either reading, praying, journaling, writing, etc. If you look at my calendar, you will find at least 1-2 mentor meetings as well as 1-2 events that will help me grow and develop.
I recommend doing all of your personal growth in the morning before everyone else in your house gets up. If you wait until the day gets started, too many distractions will pop-up. The best part is, once you have it done first thing in the morning, you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. If you’re a night person, schedule it at night. When you do it isn’t as important as if you do it!
3.) Use Anytime you can Toward personal Growth
The truth is, we all have a TON of time we could spend on personal growth if we would be more intentional about it. For example:
- In the car – What if you spend your time in the car listening to personal growth lessons instead of music or talk radio?
- While you’re making breakfast or dinner – Instead of the TV on in the background, why not put on a podcast or inspirational message.
- While You Are Working – If you’re doing “mindless” tasks around the office, pop in your headphones and listen to messages.
- Before Bed – Go to bed an hour earlier, but spend that time reading. Turn off the TV and pick up a book!
4.) Pay Now, Play Later – For some of you, you’re going to have to pay a price to grow. You’re going to have to get up earlier, cut out a favorite TV show, stop listening to Talk radio, etc.
Are you willing to do whatever it takes to grow to your maximum potential? If so, you MUST find time everyday to grow.
- What time could you use to grow that you’re not using right now?
- What could you give up in order to spend more time growing?
- Take time to schedule growth on your calendar this week!
Leave a comment below letting me know WHEN you are going to grow daily!
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